School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering

Our research on magnesium seeks to provide the scientific understanding of the corrosion, flammability and stress corrosion cracking of magnesium and magnesium alloys. This research is targeted at automobile, medical and aerospace applications.

Research at The University of Queensland continues to provide the scientific understanding of the corrosion, flammability and stress corrosion cracking of magnesium and magnesium alloys. This research is targeted at automobile, medical and aerospace applications, and is resourced by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence Design in Light Alloys, Cast CRC, General Motors Global Research and Development and Boeing Research and Technology. Our research on the influence of hydrogen on metallic components for clean energy is an ARC Linkage project with Alstom Power Systems and Griffith University were a state of the art Thermal Desorption Spectroscopy apparatus is being build to enable study of hydrogen-microstructure interactions. The project aims to identify or design medium strength steels that are useable in hydrogen atmospheres to facilitate the hydrogen energy economy. The project will lead to a better understanding of the hydrogen embrittlement resistance of commercial medium strength steels for use in hydrogen pipelines, pressure vessels and turbogenerator components. More efficient, cheaper and safer clean energy will be the result.

We are also interested in steels, particularly hydrogen embrittlement and stress corrosion cracking, and also the metallurgy and processing of HSLA steels.


Associated Research Centres

Cast CRC

General Motors Global Research and Development

 

Staff

Professor Andrej Atrens
(Program Leader)
Please direct all enquiries to: 
andrejs.atrens@uq.edu.au

Dr Zhiming Shi

  
 

 

 

 

 

Research support is from the ARC Centre of Excellent Design in Light Alloys (supports Post Doc Ziming Zhi and contributes to the support of PhD student Fuyong Cao on Corrosion and Stress Corrosion Cracking of Mg alloys), General Motors Global Research and Technology (helps to support PhD student Fuyong Cao), CAST CRC (supports PhD student Nor Ishida Zainal Abidin on Biodegradation of Mg alloys and Comparative in vivo and in vitro studies), Boeing Research and Technology (supports PostDoc on Flammability of Mg Alloys) and the ARC Linkage project with Alstom (Switzerland) Ltd (supports PhD student Qian Liu on the influence of hydrogen on metallic components for clean energy including a stay of 5 months for Qian Liu in the Alstom Laboratories in Switzerland to carry out fatigue experiments on uniquely suitable equipment).

Research collaborations are with Alstom (Switzerland) Ltd (Hydrogen influence on metallic components), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) (corrosion of ultra high purity Mg), General Motors (GM) (Mg corrosion and stress corrosion cracking), University of Kiel (corrosion of magnetron supper deposited Mg-Y and Mg-Gd alloys), Hongik Univ Korea (Mg Stress Corrosion Cracking), Helmoltz Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) (Mg corrosion), University Rey Juan Carlos Madrid (Mg Corrosion), University of Ghent (Influence of hydrogen on steels, processing and metallurgy of Nb containing HSLA steels), Central South University (Toughness and strength of steels), Jiangxi Academy of Science (JAS) Nanchang (high conductivity high strength copper alloys).